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The Fight Over Transparency in the Meat Industry. John Marsden and Libbi Gorr On Childhood and Unlearning Education. Join beloved author and educationalist John Marsden for an exploration of childhood and how we urgently need to unlearn what we think we know about education.

John Marsden and Libbi Gorr On Childhood and Unlearning Education

No one doubts the importance of education, but how many of us feel that our education prepared us well for living fulfilled and resilient adult lives? Join renowned author and educationalist John Marsden for a closer look at the nature of childhood and the importance of dramatically rethinking our ideas around education. What does it mean to be a child in our modern society? Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart. What greater indictment of a system could there be than an epidemic of mental illness?

Neoliberalism is creating loneliness. That’s what’s wrenching society apart

Yet plagues of anxiety, stress, depression, social phobia, eating disorders, self-harm and loneliness now strike people down all over the world. The latest, catastrophic figures for children’s mental health in England reflect a global crisis. There are plenty of secondary reasons for this distress, but it seems to me that the underlying cause is everywhere the same: human beings, the ultrasocial mammals, whose brains are wired to respond to other people, are being peeled apart.

Economic and technological change play a major role, but so does ideology. Though our wellbeing is inextricably linked to the lives of others, everywhere we are told that we will prosper through competitive self-interest and extreme individualism. Lessons from Lucifer, by Tracy Cochran. Lucifer Statue, Madrid “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”

Lessons from Lucifer, by Tracy Cochran

―John Milton, Paradise Lost. Lessons from Lucifer, by Tracy Cochran. Common Sense, an Excerpt from an Interview with Peter Kinsley. Why "Behavioral Politics" And "Islamic Exceptionalism" Matter. 1.1 Can “behavioral politics” explain terrorism?

Why "Behavioral Politics" And "Islamic Exceptionalism" Matter

What makes us tick surely must matter for how reasoning works. Pc. Whitefella stuff: when too much help is unhelpful. For the billions of dollars spent on indigenous programs, the $99 question is how much goes on administering them and how much is spent on the ground in remote communities.

Whitefella stuff: when too much help is unhelpful

“No one has the answer to that,” says Professor Mark Moran, of Queensland University’s Institute for Social Science Research. Switzerland: The Ultimate Democracy? The twenty-six cantons that make up the Swiss Confederation represent a unique anomaly for a number of reasons.

Switzerland: The Ultimate Democracy?

First, Switzerland has not been in any state of declared warfare since the Napoleonic Era, a feat certainly not matched by its Italian, French or German neighbors. In addition, the state has managed to successfully balance the linguistic differences of its population, ensuring that German, French, Italian and Romansh speakers are treated equally and fairly under the law (just a few countries away, places like Belgium, Latvia, Ukraine and Spain are fiercely divided on issues related in part to linguistic differences).

Science-Based Pharmacy. Election revolution by smartphone. Nathan Spataro could be the next Julian Assange - an idealistic liberty-loving Australian hell-bent on using technology to change the world.

Election revolution by smartphone

But there's one crucial difference: Spataro is prepared to betray strongly-held beliefs if you want him to. More than that, he encourages people to hijack him. Spataro campaigned for Wikileaks at the 2013 election, tweeting at the time about the "resistance years" and nominating Assange - the "greatest champion of internet freedom" - for Australian of the Year. Fast forward three years and Spataro stars in an article by Time. He's campaigning for a seat in the Senate, vowing to use an app to determine the way he votes in parliament. The Flux app uses the encryption software behind crypto-currency Bitcoin to allow any Australian to have a direct say on legislation. More than 100 Nobel laureates are calling on Greenpeace to end its anti-GMO campaign. This week, 109 Nobel laureates signed onto a sharply worded letter to Greenpeace urging the environmental group to rethink its longstanding opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

More than 100 Nobel laureates are calling on Greenpeace to end its anti-GMO campaign

The writers argue that the anti-GMO campaign is scientifically baseless and potentially harmful to poor people in the developing world. Joel Achenbach broke the news in the Washington Post, and you can read the full letter here. The signatories include past winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine, chemistry, physics, and economics. Nobel laureates to Greenpeace: Your anti-GMO campaign has to end The letter notes that scientific assessments have repeatedly found GM foods are just as safe to eat as conventional foods and don’t pose an inherent risk to the environment (though, like any technology, they can be misused). Now, Greenpeace is far from the only reason Golden Rice has struggled to get regulatory approval — the crop also faces very serious technical challenges.

(David Greedy/Getty Images) Why Gun Control Should Focus on Right-Wing Violence instead of ‘War on Terror’ and Muslims. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters!

Why Gun Control Should Focus on Right-Wing Violence instead of ‘War on Terror’ and Muslims

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How far have we come in our acceptance of mixed race people? Estelle Griepink is not a celebrity.

How far have we come in our acceptance of mixed race people?

But more often than not, the 22-year-old will get stopped on the streets of Indonesia and Malaysia, with passers-by eager to take her photo. “I lived in Indonesia for a couple of months and I was stopped by people who wanted to take photos of me – and with me – quite frequently,” she said. “It's happened in Malaysia, where my family lives, too.” Her appeal? The fact that she is half Malaysian and half Dutch. “I know this happens to people who are white too - blonde hair, blue eyes - but I felt there was something kind of creepy doing it to me as they would go on about how amazing it was that I was half Asian, half white. Waleed Aly And The Cult Of Celebrity: The Caveats For Entering 'Club Media'

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